GCSE listening resources AOS 3 - Reggae

by Tim Burnage @HuntSchoolMusic

Reggae originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. In only a decade it became a style of music recognised around the world. Its roots are in Ska, Rock Steady, and Calypso and its unmistakable sound is characterised syncopated clipped chords, a strong bass line and heavy emphasis on the back beat.

Reggae is a powerful story telling medium, often characterised by political messages reflecting social and economic injustice. It is also a symbol of the human spirit that refuses to be suppressed. In addition to the icon figure of Bob Marley take a listen to some of the other key figures from the ‘60s and ‘70s - Peter Tosh, Lee (Scratch) Perry, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots and the Maytals.

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